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Council of Governors

Council of Governors

The Trust is keen to be at the forefront of NHS Foundation Trusts. We want to ensure that Governors bring benefits to the organisation and to help them fulfil their statutory role; we want to understand what members, patients and the public need from and think of the Trust, and ensure that their views make a difference to what we do.

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The role

The Council holds the Non Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors. They also represent the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public. With Public, Staff and Appointed Governors this ensures that the interests of members and partnership organisations are represented in the governance of the Trust.

Talking with the Trust’s members is crucial. Governors lead on the Trust's membership strategy, ensuring that information on our services, our vistion and performance, is regularly fed back to our members and the wider public, enabling members to talk to us about our services This is a major part of the Governor role. 

The Council currently meets five times a year, with a Committee structure sitting beneath that, and effectiveness reviewed on an annual basis in line with best practice. All recommendations from Governors/Committees are presented to the Council, as the decision making body, as powers cannot be delegated. 


How do Governors gain views?

The Council has done this in a number of ways since 2006 including Governors available in the foyer of the hospital, linking with GP surgeries through patient groups and participating in patient visits at the hospital. Governors also have a network of family, friends and groups that they are already part of.

A new Council was elected from August 2017 with a new membership strategy in place for 2018-20. Some changes have been made, with the previous Meet the Governor sessions in the chapel, and support to patients to complete the Friends and Family Test, no longer felt to be the best use of Governors' time in 2019. We are continuing to circulate information after our Council meetings, through Governors' existing networks, and through local newsletters as far as possible. Our membership newsletter goes out to all member households twice a year, and we welcome comments.

In 2019 we want to focus more on Governors being avaialble in our local community so that we can particularly ensure that their views on future services feed into our strategic plans.

If you would like to contact our Governors you can email

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Code of Conduct

Governors operate within a Code of Conduct which sets out how they should behave as a holder of public office and what is required of this role. This is updated at least every two years and each Governor is required to sign up to the Code. This can be viewed via the 'Policies & key documents' link on the top left of this page. 


Declarations of Interest

A Register of Interests is in place for the Council. On appointment all members are required to complete a declaration and any changes during the year must be notified to the Trust Secretary immediately and formally at the next meeting.

This is reviewed annually and, in addition, at the start of each meeting Governors are required to declare any interests that may affect the papers considered.

Further details can be found under the About us - Declarations of Interest page.